Kids are eligible longer, with fewer grade checks, except at the first six weeks point. Yes, you still have to check eligibility after the first six weeks, even if it's not a report card date.
Kids have more time to make up work or complete assignments. Since they'll have more grades per grading period, each assignment is weighted "less" than before.
Two chances per grading period to regain eligibility. If the "Nine Weeks" is only eight weeks long, they can still get back in twice.
You'll see a spike of teachers not doing their grading until the last minute, since "they have forever to get it done" .. and then you have kids that become ineligible with no warning.
Longer grading period means longer for kids to slack. You'll have kids turn in giant piles of work due two months ago in core classes, annoying teachers.
Dates for 9-week periods are a bit odd. Either you have a report card take effect for the week of Area, or right before, since the first 9 weeks is usually only 7 or 8 weeks long to "keep the semester before the Holidays." Most fall semesters that don't start early are only 15 weeks long by the calendar. If they start a week early, you have two 8-week 9 weeks, unless your district pushes the last portion of the grading period after the Christmas holiday.
Then, in the Spring, if there are two "Nine Week" periods, it usually winds up going from Winter Break-Spring Break, then Spring Break-End of Year. If you have March UIL, this means the kid needs to be passing *before Christmas* to go to UIL if before Spring Break, or the biggest let-down period of the year. Winter Break-Spring Break has the lowest overall grades of any time of year in schools, as teachers get pressured to do TONS of STAAR stuff, and take tons of "benchmarks" and "evaluations." If you have April UIL, the kid won't have time to get their grades back up in time to recover eligibility for an early April date.
It's OK if your campus is diligent about teachers doing their jobs. If teachers are lazy at your school, or kids are lazy, it'll play havoc with your ensemble and with winter sports. The ONLY programs it benefits are football, cross country, and volleyball - those programs that do the bulk of their competition in the first nine weeks of the year.
: My district is considering changing from 6
: week grading periods to 9 week grading
: periods. Pros? Cons? Especially with
: regards to eligibility. Thanks!